OverviewThe Fifth Mountain is a fictional novel written by Paulo Coelho and published by Harper Collins UK in 1996.SynopsisThe fourth major publication of the Brazilian author, 'The Fifth Mountain' deals with the emotions of love, mystery and spiritual aspects in particular. The author has taken the simple story of Elijah from the Bible, and added a few of his own interpretations and incidents. The book may be considered to have a religious undertone throughout, but it is primarily focused towards the premise of religious rebellion. Elijah obeys the teachings of God throughout, but not with complete happiness. The author explores the importance of questioning authority, liberation and rebellion, and the connection it has to happiness in one's life. The novel also serves as a powerful metaphor to human self-confidence and the desire to self-fulfillment by helping one's fellow humans. Elijah finally realises that God can be found in his own heart.About the AuthorPaulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian novelist and a recipient of numerous international awards for his work. His work has been translated into over 100 languages and he has sold more than 350 million copies of his books. He was nominated as one of the 100 leading visionaries of our time.